Many assume the wisdom that stems from style advice is intended for women and their impulsive shopping addictions. In men’s fashion, however, over-styling can be just as unsightly as for women. One rule that should apply to every closet: invest in key pieces that will combine with a multitude of options in your closet. Having too many accent pieces will destroy any outfit. I highly doubt setting an example of a fashion DON’T was on your summer itinerary.

During summer, color is essential in any wardrobe, but so are the basics. Finding small ways to maximize the impact of your outfit is the key to dressing for any summer event. This Fashionisto aced his outfit by pairing up a bright pop of color with neutral pieces for a perfect ensemble. Keeping it laid back but cool, he chose red and grey as the palette for his outfit.

Choosing his shorts for the accent piece keeps his outfit right on trend, specifically chino shorts. Of course, shorts for summer are an obvious essential in any wardrobe, but the trendier the better. The grey hues he chose for his shirt and shoes really helped the red pop and toned down the preppy styling of the shorts.

The last piece this Fashionisto added to his outfit left a lasting impression, more so than the shorts. Snapbacks and hats in general are becoming increasingly popular. Both men and women’s fashion are carrying styles that cater to the skater/surfer vibe of the “snapback”. This Fashionisto took the trend a step further with his printed cap. The hat added the perfect amount of print to the otherwise solid outfit. Adding that little bit of playfulness to his outfit really made this outfit an overall success.

Hint: When wearing an accent color keep the rest of your outfit neutral. Even though the red shorts in this outfit are the accent, a shirt, shoes or shorts in any color will also work. Also, a T-shirt will keep the outfit casual while a solid button-down will up the ante and keep you on-trend. Although, this Fashionisto added a printed cap to his outfit it is not required for yours. In any case, playing with prints is obviously easier when paired with neutrals and solids.

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